Haskell Wexler, ASC will receive the
2006 International Documentary Association (IDA) Career Achievement Award.
The award is presented annually to an individual who has an extraordinary
record of achievements in the nonfiction film genre. The presentation will be
made here on December 8, 2006, at the IDA Distinguished Documentary
Achievement Awards at the Directors Guild of America.
"We could rightly present two career achievement awards to Haskell
Wexler," says IDA President diane estelle Vicari. "He deserves this
recognition for his incredibly powerful, diverse body of work as well as for
his unwavering courage. He has inspired a generation of documentary
filmmakers to be uncompromising in their pursuit of the truth regarding the
crucial issues of our times."
Wexler has compiled some 30-plus documentary credits, including The Bus,
Interviews With My Lai Veterans, Brazil: A Report on Torture, Interview with
President Allende, Introduction to the Enemy, CIA Case Officer, The Swine Flu
Caper, Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine,
The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas, Target Nicaragua - Inside a Secret
War, At the Max, an IMAX depiction of a Rolling Stones tour, and Bus
Riders Union, an in-depth probe of the neglect of public transportation relied
on by the Los Angeles working class.
"My excitement in making a documentary comes from making discoveries,
seeking a truth, to communicate images that may not conform to the original
intention," Wexler says. "When there is an assignment to fill in the colors
of a pre-painted picture it may be difficult to trust your gut, to do what's
in your heart. Difficult but not impossible, it's all part of the game we
must learn as artist citizens."
Wexler's recent project, Who Needs Sleep?, is a documentary about film and
television crews routinely working sweat shop hours, clocking 15- to 18-hour
days at the expense of their families, their health, their well being and even
Wexler is also a celebrated narrative film cinematographer who has earned
Oscars® for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, and
additional nominations for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Blaze and Matewan.
A short list of his other credits include such classics as The Thomas Crown
Affair, In the Heat of the Night and Coming Home.
Wexler has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Society
of Cinematographers (1993) and the Camerimage International Festival of the
Art of Cinematography (1996). In 1996, he received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
Previous recipients of the IDA Career Achievement Award include such
legendary filmmakers as Pare Lorentz, Richard Leacock, Jacques Yves Cousteau,
Albert Maysles, Michael Apted, Charles Guggenheim, Ken Burns, and Sir Richard
Attenborough. IDA has also presented the award to Fred Friendly, Walter
Cronkite, Bill Moyers, Ted Turner, and Sheila Nevins.
IDA has some 2,500 members in 50 countries today. Eastman Kodak Company
has sponsored the annual IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards
since their inception in 1984. For more information, visit
Haskell Wexler Will Receive the IDA's 2006 Career Achievement Award
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